Shoemaker's Grille

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825 reviews
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Shoemakers American Grille, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, serves a menu full of fine American cuisine. The restaurant aims to provide an enjoyable fine-dining experience and has a large patio in addition to its elegant dining room. Shoemaker's Grille has a full bar which features wine by the glass and bottle in addition to domestic and imported beer and spirits.

Start out with an appetizer to share at Shoemakers Grille such as the onion rings with spicy ketchup or the blackened seared ahi tuna. Choose from dinner entrées like the filet mignon, the double breast of roasted chicken or the blackened grilled salmon filet. For vegetarians, try the personalized vegetable plate.
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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Shoemakers recently switched chefs and management companies in January. There was a noticable difference in staff training and with the food itself. The food was ok but not as good as past experiences. The entrees were staggered 10-15 minutes so my wife was finishing her meal when I began to eat. When the food was taken away to be boxed, the waitress stacked the plates so the bottom of one plate was touching my food. Her finger was also touching my food as she walked away. Several other tables around had issues as well. One table left without eating and said they were waiting over an hour for their food. I also overheard one of the waiters telling a table the deserts have gone downhill. Overall we were disappointed.

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BB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again Shoemakers delivered. Delicious steak, great service, and the perfect atmosphere. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class everything. I have never been dissapointed going to Shoemakers. Hands down the best restraunt in Lynchburg

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the ambience was perfect for our early valentine's dinner. our server, Jessica, was very friendly and attentive. she made sure I got exactly what I wanted and answered my questions very well. her recommendations and menu knowledge were great! the manager even stopped by to ask how dinner was.
we ordered the meat and cheese board which had a great selection and wine. he ordered the filet medium which was cooked perfectly. I ordered the new York strip au poirve medium rare, so tender. we got vegetables. we had creme brulee for dessert. it was perfectly done, nice crisp top.
the only odd thing was when we approached the host, she asked "how can I help you?" i thought that was a weird greeting, but it was fine.

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D
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've had a bit of a love hate relationship with Shoemakers over the last year or two. It was awesome, then not so much, but we wanted love it so gave it a another try this past weekend for an early Valentine's Day. Glad to report that they have parted ways with the Parry Restaurant Group, who seemed to be funneling their top talent over to the new Parry steakhouse in town, the William & Henry. We were told Shoemakers is on their 4th Chief in the past year.....Now Shoemakers is owned by the Craddock Terry Hotel and things are back where they should be. Steak was delicious and properly cooked, crab cake was amazing, service was top notch, only knock was brussel sprouts were "flash fried", ie. under cooked and hard. All and all, glad to see Shoemakers back on the right track.

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JA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

My wife and I go every year for her birthday, because it's a special place. This year my steak was ful of grissel, and over cooked. She had the Crab cakes, they were nasty no spices just a raw fishy taste. The spring salad we ordered was old and no flavor. But the worst was was the fork mashed potato's were nothing but boiled old potato's scraped out of the skin, and it tastse like it. Waitress said they had new chefs. Hint: BAD MOVE Hire someone that cares about the food not cutting corners to incress profit. Sorry but next year our celebration will relocate. It wasn't the price, or the service, it was your BAD FOOD.........and limited menu selection.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great, service great. Prices seemed very high. Glass of wine $20, mixed drinks $12-24. Overall satisfied, but there are other places in Lynchburg that offer better value for your money.

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CO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for a celebration. Food was good. Service was ridiculously slow. Valet disappeared so I paid to have to retrieve my own car. Very disappointed.

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NH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have an allergy and the kitchen worked with me and prepared an amazing dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and wonderful service!

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OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice new seafood menu. Looking forward to going back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The manager Nathan was fantastic. Very professional and helpful. Food was excellent.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for anniversary last Saturday night. Food, service and experience was great as always!

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J
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered the prime rib special. The meat was very good but was not very hot when it was served to us.

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Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

too pricey for what you get. Not that many people in Lynchburg that can afford it. It is for the out of town crowd

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

filet was rare when it was suppose to be medium...sent back and came back charred, not fit for a dog to eat...have always loved the food and faithful customers so was disappointed when manager did not send chef out and seemed to be unconcerned(did not charge for steak)….waitress was attentive and genuinely concerned that my wife's steak was ruined.

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F
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Shoemakers many times. This latest experience was outstanding, as always. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Would recommend Shoemakers to family and friends. We will be back!

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall a very pleasant experience,,probably return

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RK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to Shoemakers several times, and I must say there are many positives, however, we were sadly disappointed in the quality of the food during our recent visit. We both had the filet mignon, which was tender but overcooked, garlic and chive mashed potatoes were stone cold...we could have complained, but you shouldn't have to for a restaurant of this cost and caliber. I will say the crab cake was hot, fresh, and very good. Overall experience was average at best. Serve hot food hot and cold cold and Shoemakers would be outstanding.

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JK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary again at Shoemakers. Great food, great service and a great evening out.

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FD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu here is always amazing! Our favorite special is the ribeye steak topped with blue cheese and smothered in mushrooms. I am usually not a fan of blue cheese but this dish is amazing!
Our server was excellent! He was very attentive, knew the menu well and was friendly. Even though they were slammed, the weekend before Christmas, we never had to wait for anything.
We went for our Anniversary and were able to talk and enjoy our time together without having to speak loudly. The layout of the restaurant made it easy to feel secluded, even though we were in the first booth near the walkway.
We will definitely be back!

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SA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. Took over 2 hours to finally finish meal. Long wait times between appetizer and entree. Ordered two Cokes that were flat and bitter. Waitress bought two more,they were same way. Girlfriends shrimp cocktail appetizer had two pieces that hadnt been deveined. Sent it back and waitress bought another one. Took awhile but was really good. My New York strip took forever to get to table and was Luke warm as were the mashed potatoes. Still was good. Girlfriends crab cake was excellent. Her creme burle was too. Ordered an after dinner drink,took 30 minutes to get it. Ordered a second one ,took 15 minutes.Manager came out of nowhere and comped the dessert and apologized for the slow service.Like this place but must have been too busy because of the upcoming holidays.Usually they are up on things and service too.

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the finest dining experience in Lynchburg! Great food, excellent service, and a great atmosphere. Not cheap, but that is to be expected. Perfect for a nice, romantic night out.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great place, and we will probably return at some point. The food was stellar and the ambiance fantastic. The service was pretty decent overall as well. Only reason it's not a 5 star is because despite having a reservation we had to wait quite awhile before being seated, that coupled with the price, and a few other really minor things that otherwise wouldn't have been an issue made it not quite 5 star. Still recommend for a nice date night out.

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Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

great place but a little pricey. Seems to be even more pricey since The Virginian opened.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary and our meal and service were both outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Servers were constantly at the table which is great cause they were keeping up with needs but made it difficult to have a conversation because we were constantly interrupted.

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BR
Pittsburgh
135 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan is a treasure! Right there when needed, and efficient to the nth degree.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Nice atmosphere as well. This was a birthday dinner & it did not disappoint. A nice special occasion dining experience.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with all aspects of Shoemaker's Grille. I enjoyed a Sazerac, my blackened Salmon was outstanding, my wife's dinner was very good as well. We loved the 'shoe' theme of the wall hangings and took many pictures of the quotes. We were staying in Appomattox but the best restaurant in the area even though it was in Lynchburg was Shoemaker's. It was well worth the drive. I highly recommend this establishment for dinner.

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and superb service would return in a heartbeat

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TC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was well prepared and service was great. We were there for our anniversary and it was a great night.

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MC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time there, celebrating our anniversary. Really nice, food was good, and would go back and recommend. The service was a little lacking. We had two wait people for some reason. Not as familiar with the specials, and forgot to tell us until we asked. Could have been a little more attentive, forgot a couple things we asked for during the meal. Didn’t acknowledge our anniversary until the very last thing. I had noted it in our reservation. But a real nice place, and food was good. Wine list is really good.

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FB
Orlando
38 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff from beginning g to end. Knowledgeable waiter, good wine list and excellent offerings on the menu. All were happy!

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Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They have raised there prices way beyond a reasonable value.

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D
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was my 3rd time to Shoemakers in past 12 months. 1st time was amazing-great food, great service. Couldn’t wait to come back. 2nd time, my wife and I both had the house speciality Ribeye again because it was so good the 1st time. We both left more fat on the plate than we ate. So this time afraid of the ribeye we both order filets. Wife’s steak which was ordered med rare, was rare and arrived w/o ordered topping. My steak which I ordered med came out Med well and my potatoes arrived at room temperature. B4 dinner I ordered a vodka gimlet, our 20 something waitress thought I was speaking a different language and apparently the bartender couldn’t help either as it was undrinkable, cost $14, I left 2/3 of it untouched and the waitress never bothered to ask if it was ok? So for a $250+ date night ( we had a very good $100 bottle of cab) and 2 people who love a nice steakhouse, we left underwhelmed and let’s just hope it was an off night, not a trend. That said, 1/2 doz trips to Frankie Rolands in Roanoke and I have never left disappointed.

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RH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Tracey was fantastic! The food did take some time, but she made sure we had everything we needed. Despite the food taking some time, it was worth the wait! Definitely will be back and have already recommended it to others.

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TA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I must honestly say that this meal was not very good. Usually one of the best steaks around and that is pretty much all we order when we go is the filet. 8 ounce filet alone is $32.95. Both mine and my wifes filets came to the table luke warm at best as though they had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. They were both so dry we had to ask for bernaise sauce to make them any good at all. First time I have ever had a bad steak there so maybe just a fluke but for the kind of money we spent that night it should have been a LOT better. Veggies were good and we had a nice bottle of wine and we love the atmosphere but steaks....not so hot that night.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My two daughters, husband and I we impressed with the special attention to decor, ambiance, and the pleasures of fine dining in this Lynchburg treasure. We enjoyed the chef’s special’s signature fish dish with leeks, and beets, and the savory filet paired with the tastiest side items. The stellar service matched the outstanding level of high quality culinary delights. Next time, we will bring more friends and try to get a room in the most popular, always booked, curio hotel. Shoemaker’s Grille added to our special memory of a weekend with our Liberty daughter. Thank you!

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k
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Tough steak. Not good

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